What opportunities will this course give me?
On this workshop we will be looking at a range of techniques to enable you to love your furniture for longer, show off your creativity and produce a unique piece of furniture.
We all have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce the global impact of making unnecessary purchases and we will show you how to reuse rather than replace.
Please take a look at our other free courses running later in the year which form part of our Community Learning Programme.
Eastleigh College offer a variety of leisure courses to suit all interests, including our more comprehensive Antique Furniture Restoration course - please browse the website for further details.
What will I be learning?
Want to learn how to revamp your tired, unloved old furniture? Come and learn a new skill on our one day introductory workshop. During the class, you will learn how to choose the best piece of furniture to paint, along with preparation tips. You will learn how to paint, distress and wax or seal in order to upcycle your furniture.
You will also learn how to decoupage and resist techniques to decorate your furniture. Please bring along any additional items such as handles or decorative pieces to enhance your furniture.
A college certificate is awarded on request.
Why is this course for me?
Whilst you will not gain a professional qualification on this course, this workshop is a great way to gain confidence in making simple improvements to your favourite pieces of furniture, help you save money and reduce landfill waste.
This is a hands on class which will introduce you to a new skill. You will learn from guided practice and demonstration.
How will my learning be enhanced?
On this workshop, you will be taught by a qualified art tutor who has extensive experience of teaching to adult learners.
Your tutor will be both friendly and accommodating, ensuring your experience on the workshop is stimulating and rewarding.
Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?
Here at Eastleigh College, we are proud of our comfortable, welcoming learning environment and community venues. Youll be alongside other learners who are keen to learn the same skills, opening you up to individuals with similar interests and mind-sets to you.
There is absolutely no pressure or expectations; we just want our learners to have the best time possible and leave feeling proud of their new skills.
What do I need to sign up?
There are no formal entry requirements in respect of this course; this is the perfect course for complete beginners who want to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture.
Is there anything else I need to know?
This is the perfect workshop for complete beginners who want to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture. A basic supply of paint, varnish, materials and equipment will be provided for you on this workshop. Should you wish to use specific paints, colours or enhancements, please bring these along to the workshop, making sure they are suitable for your chosen project.
Please bring a small piece of wooden furniture to the class such as a mirror, small cabinet, small chair, or wooden box, as well as any water based paint you would like to use to complement your colour scheme. Tester pots are a good and cost effective way of using a variety of colours. A new type of ''no seal'' chalk paint is now available which can be very effective.
Please also bring an apron and any of your own equipment you wish to use such as sandpaper, brushes, a scraper, and old rags. Please ensure you wear suitable old clothing.
You may wish to bring more than one item of wooden furniture as, time permitting, you may be able to complete more than one piece.
Please also bring light refreshments/lunch as there are only hot and cold vending machine facilities available at college on a Saturday.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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Need some further advice?
If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.